The Growling Swan 21/10

Monday, 21st October – Plutaluang, East & South – Stableford

Bill & Geoff Take The Honours At Navy!

It was a relief to see a fine & sunny Pattaya Monday morning after all the recent downpours and we assembled at The Growling Swan to prepare for our trip to Plutaluang. There was one late cancellation due to sickness which left us with 21 starters and we welcomed back Ed Stewart from California, Bill Steinman from New York and Ulff Larsson from Sweden. It was also a farewell to your writer, Peter Blackburn who is off back to Perth, Australia for a couple of weeks with Peter Grey, John Pierrel, Dick Braimbridge, Stu Rifkin and Max Bracegirdle taking care of business in my absence. With everyone on time we departed the GS 5 minutes early at 8.25 am and headed south down Number 3, arriving at the course just 42 minutes later (J J please note). The course was very busy and we were allocated East & South nines for a change and were able to send our first four ball away twenty minutes ahead of schedule at 9.40 am. With a five ball in front of us and many groups ahead of them it was obvious that we were in for another slow round but the course was good although quite wet with the greens traditionally slow but very well maintained and for a change the weather was terrific. As expected it was a bit of a crawl and turned out to be a five hour round but nonetheless very enjoyable with excellent company.

We had 2 divisions, Division A for handicaps 0 to 18 and Division B for handicaps of 19 and over with 4 places in each division. There were also rewards for nearest the pins on all the par threes and longest first putts on the East 9 & South 9 greens.

Newcomer Bill Steinman was the winner in A Division with a score of 37 points and yours truly Peter “Blacky” Blackburn was second just 1 point further back. In third place came Andy Todd on 33 points and with 2 golfers on 31 points it was John Pierrel (15 point back nine) who finished fourth from Keith “Kissy” Buchanan (14 point back nine) on a count back. In B Division it was Geoff Bracegirdle who “got the chocolates” with 33 points and another count back saw Patrick Poussier (13 point back nine) finish second ahead of Duangjai “Kae” Tusagad (11 point back nine) with Seesa Phonpinmon in fourth place on 30 points.

Results for Plutaluang:

Division A
1st – Bill Steinman (8) – 37 points
2nd – Peter Blackburn (12) – 36 points
3rd – Andy Todd (12) – 33 points
4th – John Pierrel (9) – 31 points

Division B
1st – Geoff Bracegirdle (21) – 33 points
2nd – Patrick Poussier (23) – 32 points
3rd – Duangjai Tusagad (21) – 32 points
4th – Seesa Phonpinmon (26) – 30 points

E2 – Duangjai Tusagad
E5 – John Davies
S4 – Kissy Buchanan
S7 – Bill Steinman

E9 – John Davies
S9 – Seesa Phonpinmon

The Growling Swan NAGA Award, (awarded to the golfer who has the worst score on the day and discreetly their score is not made public) was won by Alby Uppington and he accepted the award in very good spirit. John Pierrel then kindly paraded Deefa the Dog and of course collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our generous Growling Swan Golfers. We all then retired to The Growling Swan for some Aussie cold, low priced beers and celebrated a good day which was for a change uninterrupted by the weather.

Growling Swan Golf, the home of friendly golf in Pattaya welcomes golfers of any persuasion – low & high handicappers alike, female golfers and beginners. We generally play Mondays & Thursdays, meeting at The Growling Swan (formerly The Bunker Bar) in Soi Chaiyapoon at 8.00 am with transport departing at 8.30 am. For bookings or more information please contact Peter on 0806 351 386 or email to

We also play bowls out of the Growling Swan every Wednesday and Sunday. Sunday is Lawn Bowls and Wednesday is Indoor Bowls. All are welcome and for anyone that is interested the transport leaves The Growling Swan at 10.00am on each of those mornings. For more information please contact Paul Rennison on 0843 454 005.

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